Failing fast and failing forward to accelerate success – and other learnings in business


“Failing fast and failing forward to accelerate success – and other learnings in business”
With Jeremy Blain & Stuart


Jeremy Blain joins the show to share his insights into the future of the work. As an industry expert with over 20 years experience working in L&D, he’s the Founder of PerformanceWorks and currently based in Singapore. Having also worked at Procter and Gamble and PepsiCo, he values the importance of failing fast and moving forward, and tools support him along the way.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The gig economy and working remotely
  • The risks of moving too quickly in business
  • Working smarter through digital tools
  • The importance of physical and mental fitness when working for yourself

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How organisations need to become more digital-driven for the 2020’s

“How organisations need to become more digital-driven for the 2020’s”
With Jeremy Blain & host Paul Marks


The podcast for inspired executives that want to get results and maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Listen to successful executives, leaders, and experts on high performance and health. We also share tools, strategies, and techniques on how to develop high-performance teams. Join our community of Ultra Executives! Your host Paul Marks is a global leadership facilitator and performance coach! Fully accredited and certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as a PCC Coach, Paul has successfully coached executives and facilitated team development programs for a variety of Fortune 500 companies as well as government and NGO organizations across the globe!

50 words for my 50 fifty-year journey in life, learning and work

Well I turned 50 over the weekend and I feel fit, healthy, happy and a tad wiser 😊 – I am an English guy from Manchester in the North of England, working for a French Company, based in Singapore, working across India to the Pacific and prior to that all across the Americas. I have become a global citizen, living constant change and revelling in an environment where I learn new things everyday through the things I do and the people I see.

So I thought I’d try to track my 50-year journey from Manchester to Singapore in 50 words. Some of those are ‘me’ and some are attributed to others. You will have to figure out which is which.
This was not as easy as it looks. Thanks to all of you who have been a part of this journey so far (even some name-checked) and those who will accompany my next fifty!  As you will see, some words are repeated and that is because they resonate in different ways / situations.

  • Expectation
  • Independence
  • Failure
  • Sport
  • United
  • History
  • Luck
  • Job
  • Shock
  • Learning
  • Steve
  • Friends
  • Job
  • Success
  • Sadness
  • Loss
  • Jackie
  • Entrepreneur
  • Failure
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Love
  • Fit
  • Training
  • Consulting
  • International
  • Culture
  • Success
  • Learning
  • Slowdown
  • Spartan
  • Global
  • Greg
  • Partners
  • Network
  • Asia
  • Start-up
  • Team
  • Trial
  • Error
  • relearn
  • growth
  • performance
  • industry
  • leadership
  • futurist
  • recognition
  • fitness
  • next?

It resonates with me, let me know if this tells you anything!

Jeremy Blain Joins the Exclusive Ranks of Stanford Who’s Who

SINGAPORE, February 15, 2013 /Stanford Who’s Who/

Stanford Who’s Who proudly announces the addition of Jeremy Blain to the ranks of professional individuals as a result of his work in the field of training and development. As Managing Director of Cegos Asia Pacific Pte Ltd as well as throughout his entire career, Jeremy has consistently demonstrated the dedication, vision, and skills required to be considered among the best.

Cegos Asia Pacific is the Asian subsidiary of Cegos Group, the largest European training organization. Founded in France in 1926, Cegos holds operations in over 50 countries and enjoys a reputation for excellence in human resources development, training and operational consulting services, with a turnover in excess of $220 Million USD per annum. The firm is headquartered in Paris, with its Asia Pacific operation headquartered in Singapore, having been active in the region for over 15 years. Cegos is widely appreciated for its ground-breaking and versatile learning programs that surpass borders, language, delivery mechanism and cultural barriers.

Jeremy is a Partner within Cegos Group, a position that enables him to be at the heart of the company’s Global Strategic definition and execution. His current and previous roles reinforce his strong credentials of leading and management growth within the international enterprise.

As Managing Director of Cegos Asia Pacific and Partner at Cegos Group, Jeremy applies his expertise from previous roles such as commercial professional, director, trainer, coach, program author, and CEO when he worked with such well-established international organizations as Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo. Jeremy is highly regarded for his outstanding skills in social media, international sales & negotiation, cross-border account management, business strategy definition and execution, leadership development, and talent management. A cultural leader and manager, Jeremy is specialized in business globalization, global channel management, and global go-to-market strategies.

As one of Cegos’ senior executives, Jeremy is a frequent international conference speaker and media commentator on topics related to the global L&D market. Themes include: the Integration of Emerging and Informal Learning Technologies; the Importance of Performance Measurement and Proving ROI; Developing ‘Core’ Leadership, Management and Commercial Skills To Achieve Competitive Business Advantage; Change Management and How To Implement Successful International Training Strategies.

For more details, debate or discussion, you can find Jeremy on LinkedIn and also on Twitter at

He has also published a series of white papers on issues relevant to L&D. These are still current and available through Jeremy’s profile on LinkedIn, and include:

  • The major learning trends and indicators for 2013 within the Asia Pacific region, November 2012
  • Communities of Practice and application to organisations everywhere, May 2012
  • Blended Learning and its Applications for Asian Companies Today, March 2012- Developing Multicultural Leadership and Management Skills in Today’s Increasingly Globalised Workplace, November 2011
  • Global Themes & Trends – European, US and Brazilian Comparisons on the Key Drivers and Issues in L&D Today, October 2011
  • Learning in the Cloud – Opportunities & Threats, September 2011
  • Cegos/ASTD global learning trends research: A comparison between what is happening among learners today and the perceptions of learning professionals, July 2011
  • ‘Training Today, Training Tomorrow – An Analysis of Learning Trends Across Europe and Global Comparisons’, May 2011.
  • ‘Corporate Philanthropy: How Strategies are Changing and How Cegos is Helping to Make an Impact’, May 2011
  • ‘The Rise of Virtual Learning’, April 2011

During his collegiate career Mr. Blain acquired a Master of Management in International Business from the Australian Institute of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Ancient History and Classical Archeology from Sheffield University. In addition, he is a member of the Institute of Directors in UK, Singapore Training and Development Association, and ASTD. Jeremy is also a Certified Master Trainer by several authority groups including MBTI, SDI, Persona Inc and DiSC.